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62 Celtic tattoos: Designs with many symbols

Celtic tattoos have been gaining popularity for a few decades in the world of body art, and many people choose this type of design when getting a tattoo. Surrender to the wonderful images with designs that we bring you today.

The Celts were a group of peoples of Indo-European origin whose history dates back to the Iron Age that shared a common culture and language and inhabited and roamed western Europe at the time. Thus, and just as these peoples shared culture and language, Celtic tattoo designs mostly have the same characteristics. Celtic tattoo designs often contain a complex web of lines representing knots, labyrinths, spirals, and a variety of figures. These knot webs generally have neither a beginning nor an end, taking on the appearance of a continuous loop that never ends or begins. The most common designs in the field of Celtic tattoos are usually knots, crosses, clovers, hearts and trees. Celtic knot patterned tattoos can work wonders for both unique designs and part of a larger composition. The symbolic meaning of these knots is not entirely clear, some people simply attribute magical powers and mystical meanings to them. For example, one type of knot is the “Celtic knot of love”, which usually symbolizes the constancy of two people in love and the union of their souls and mutual devotion.

The Celtic Tree of Life is normally one of the largest Celtic tattoo designs. Although it is true that it is not a traditional Celtic design, because this drawing appeared for the first time in the so-called Book of Kells, an illustrated manuscript created by Celtic monks while Celtic culture was well established. This tree can symbolize either the tree in the garden of Eden or the axis mundi, the line of connection between the underworld, the world and heaven. Other common Celtic tattoo designs are those that contain animals, such as dogs, symbolizing loyalty and good luck, eagles, horses, sacred animals for people of this culture, crows, associated with death, bears, which represented power , or mythological animals such as dragons, which were associated with the concepts of power and magic.

Celtic tattoos are not only beautiful, but can also be a great addition to any other tattoo sub-genre. The majority of these types of tattoos are usually made using only black ink and with various shading effects. They are normally used on body parts such as arms and back by boys and girls.

We hope we have made you known or delved into this magnificent theme of the world of tattoos. And if you liked a design and are thinking about getting a tattoo, from here we remind you that a tattoo is something that will accompany you throughout your life, and for this reason we recommend that you always visit specialized centers.

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As expected, one of the main images in this article was going to have a Celtic cross design because it is one of the most repeated motifs in this style. In the gallery there are many different crosses for you to choose the one you like the most. In this case, it also has a clover than the other most used symbol.

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I’m not quite sure what exactly this Celtic symbol is. It can be a Perennial knot or a solar cross next to other symbols and motifs and inside. Tamibén two creatures are appreciated but I cannot confirm that they are either. As you have seen, I am not an expert in Celtic culture.

Celtic border design with a black background and what looks like an animal on top

Celtic valance design with a black background and what looks like an animal on top. In the case of these designs, many times the design and how it is printed matter more, since the meaning when we use styles such as Celtic is immersed and it is not necessary to pay as much attention to this aspect.

Design that combines biomechanical style with Celtic

Design that combines biomechanical style with Celtic. A nice result, but one that could be improved if more emphasis had been placed on shading and saturating the black tone in some areas of it.

Nice design that, although we cannot know if it is a key and a padlock or what exactly, it has a nice result and that seems to imitate a stone element

Nice design that, although we can not know if it is a key and a padlock or what exactly, has a nice result and that seems to imitate a stone element. We just have to stop to look for a moment at the amount of detail printed on these elements to realize the effort invested in this design.

Design in black tones composed of different elements such as flowers and spirals

Design in black tones composed of different elements such as flowers and spirals. The saturation of the black color is very good and the aesthetic result is nice, in part, for the chosen area.

Large tattoo, in black tones but with a multitude of textures that give consistency to the design

Of great dimensions and in black tones but with a multitude of textures that give consistency to the design. The arm is a good area to tattoo large designs like this one.

Tattoo of hands holding a Celtic knotted heart with a crown on top

Hands holding a heart with Celtic knots and a crown on top. There are also two sentences, one at the top and one at the bottom that say Love forever, Love is free. In Spanish it means love forever love is free.

On this occasion two designs have been joined that are a lion with a very well-made Celtic interlacing, in Celtic symbols the black backgrounds are very important

On this occasion two designs have been joined that are a lion with a very well-made Celtic interlacing, in Celtic symbols the black backgrounds are very important. The pity is that the photograph that has been taken prevents us from enjoying the design due to the brightness that hinders the lion’s view.

Design of a Celtic cross from which some wings come out with the shape too rounded in the upper area, but with well-made plumage and shading that gives the feeling that they are more real

Design of a Celtic cross from which some wings come out with the shape too rounded in the upper area, but with well-made plumage and shading that gives the feeling that they are more real. Although only the black tone has been used, different textures have been achieved.

Celtic design in the background with oriental influence, by the dragon we see in the foreground

Celtic design in the background with oriental influence, by the dragon that we observe in the foreground. Although it is a good design, we can see that there are two other gargoyle heads underneath that overload the design.

Nice design of Celtic knots that form like a tree in the central part of the back

Nice design of Celtic knots that are shaped like a tree in the central part of the back. It is a design with a very valid visual result and which will also have a unique meaning, since the trees have many meanings, for this you can take a look in that category.

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Summary

More tattooed body parts with these motifs? The back, arms and chest.
More men or more women? It is a mostly masculine style although the proportion can change at any time as it has happened with other styles.
What is your size? I have seen all kinds within this style but it is true that most usually have a large size and that is why as we have said before, the back, chest and arm are the most popular areas.
What is the symbolism or meaning of these tattoos? It depends on the symbol that is tattooed. The Trisquel for example symbolizes evolution, the spiral represents eternal life, the Claddagh symbolizes friendship and the Perennial Knot for example symbolizes the union between people.

What does a girl think about these designs?

It happens the same as with Mayan designs, we girls know how to add our feminine and original touch to these designs, which traditionally have been related more to men than to women. In the gallery you will have seen examples of beautiful tattoos on girls’ bodies, surely you also know how to choose and give a beautiful and feminine touch to a design of this style.

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